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So why did I decide to become a Therapist and Personal Trainer?

A few years ago I suffered an unfortunate accident during a wrestling session and injured my spine. The pain was non-stop. I could not raise my arms above my head and I experienced chest pain with every breath. Over a number of years I visited numerous doctors who all told me that "I should just get used to the pain".
I thought that I was condemned to live my whole life with this pain. I have always had a passion for martial arts and I refused to let this stop me as I could not imagine a life without training. As luck would have it my persistence paid off - at a martial arts charity event I came across a therapist who has since changed my life. His name is Greg and within five days of treatment he had fixed my back!

I was so impressed by his methods that I decided that this is what I wanted to do, I want to be able to help people in the same way that Greg had helped me. Given my experience in martial arts and coaching it was a natural progression to include personal training as a part of my services to not only help people with joint pains, but to assist them in gaining skills that enable them to maintain their health long term via exercise.

If you are interested in Martial Arts, please feel free to look at my club's website: www.shinaidokarate.com.

Who is Les?

Welcome to this corner of the internet, my name is Les and I promote Karate for mental and physical health. I’m really glad that you have joined me. I hope that you will find my content interesting, thought provoking and useful. Thank you for watching. If you would […]

Overcoming Obstacles with Tiffany Richards

In this episode I talk with Tiffany Richards from the Peaceful Warrior and Healing Centre. Our conversation revolves around mental health, overcoming obstacles, infuriating martial artists and a female perspective on self-defence for women. You can sense that Tiffany is super passionate about her martial arts. It was […]

Practical Taekwondo with Ciaran McDonald

In the world of Karate, the practical Karate movement is a growing in popularity. This phenomenon is not only seen in Karate. In this episode I have the pleasure of talking with Ciaran McDonald, from Old School Perspectives on Taekwon-do, who’s book is creating ripples around traditional Taekwondo circles. […]

Karate Lies

For many years I could not find the right approach to my training. What I mean by it? I was not honest with myself, I tried to do things that I’m not too passionate about. Check out video below to learn more, if you like it please share […]

Interview with Dan Holloway

In this episode I chat with Dan Holloway, owner of the Empower Martial Arts Academy. Dan is also the author of The Martial Masters book. We talk about Dan’s journey in martial arts from Aikido to self-defence.  Dan also discusses his focus on empowering students and his family focussed academy. Dan […]

Are Books Relevant in Training?

In this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. James Hatch, and our chosen topic was books on training. As usual in our conversation we drifted over different subjects. I always enjoy talking with James as his depth of knowledge in Karate and many other subjects […]

Strong & Caring

Hello and welcome, I hope you are well. If you’re in the United Kingdom, I hope that you’re coping ok with the lockdown.  I’m going to start off with a bit of shameless self-promotion on my part, if you would like to support this show please check out […]

Slippery Slopes and Dark Places of Karate

Lengthy conversation with Rob Davis from Red Fish Karate, about all things Karate. Visiting the “dark place” enjoying the ride down the slippery slope of being different, and having ability to think. Exchanging thoughts and experiences about the techniques and our perception of them, exploring fear and our […]

Merry Christmas with Bah Humbug

Retrospection of the year 2020, I’m very proud what I have managed to achieve despite pandemic. If you would like to support the show with no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small […]